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Econ Scholarships

It's true, sometimes it's about the money

We understand very well how large of an investment your college degree will be, and how seriously you take this financial responsibility. Fortunately for Blugolds interested in economics, there are several Foundation funds designated for econ students, so be sure to look at the criteria and application process for each. Some of these funds are in memory of alumni, others founded to honor faculty, but they all have the potential to help make a significant dent in a tuition bill, and we thank the generous donors who make funding like this possible for Blugolds.

Find scholarship information and helpful links here: Scholarships at UW-Eau Claire

Donor Background: The Donald L. Ellickson Memorial Scholarship was created in 2018 through contributions from Dr. Ellickson's family, friends, and colleagues.  Dr. Ellickson taught in the UW-Eau Claire Economics Department from 1958 until his retirement in 1994. He was appointed chair of the department in 1967 and served in that capacity until 1990. He was an adviser for the Economics Honor Society and the Young Republicans.  Dr. Ellickson was involved in service to his community through civics and strong advocacy in the areas of human services and eldercare. He was a member of the Grace Lutheran Foundation Board of Directors, the City of Eau Claire Bus Transportation Committee, and the Zoning Appeals Board.  In retirement, he was a member of the Eau Claire County Board from 1994 until 2008 and enjoyed volunteering for the Community Table.

Application Requirements: This scholarship is available to full-time economics majors and minors. Students must be junior or senior status and have completed nine credits of economics courses. An overall GPA and economics GPA of 3.0 is required.

Previous Recipients:

  • 2021-22 Tobias Kinstler
  • 2020-21 Savanna Grunzke
  • 2019-20 Megan Roehl

Donor Background: This scholarship was established by Paige and Brandon Magliocco. Brandon graduated from UW- Eau Claire in 2015 with a degree in Economics. Upon graduation, Brandon attended the University of Minnesota for a graduate degree in Economics and Public Health. Paige and Brandon reside near Minneapolis, MN where Paige teaches high school math and Brandon oversees health economics and outcomes research for an association that is involved with national health care reform. While Paige ultimately transferred to the University of Minnesota, UW – Eau Claire remains special to both Paige and Brandon because they met in class and share many fond memories. Paige and Brandon created this scholarship in order to promote opportunities for student research in Economics, which has influenced both of their lives enormously. To this day, Brandon attributes his success in the field of Economics to the mentorship and instruction of the phenomenal Economics Department and UW – Eau Claire.

Application Requirements: This scholarship is for an economics major who has participated in student-faculty research in the last year. A GPA of at least 3.0 is required. Economics faculty members nominate students for this award.

Previous Recipients:

  • 2021-22 Gabe Wilhorn
  • 2020-21 Megan Roehl
  • 2019-20 Madeleine Mayer

Donor Background: The Gerald and Mary Jacobson Economics Scholarship was offered for the first time in the 2005-2006 academic year.

Application Requirements: This scholarship is awarded to UW-Eau Claire students at the junior or senior level with an Economics major who have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Previous Recipients: 

  • 2021-22 Jordan Boswell, Jackie Martin, Jeremiah Rumsey
  • 2020-21 Sara Patoka, Zoey Tan
  • 2019-20 Chloe Knuth, Wyatt Pajtash
  • 2017-18 Selena Scheller, Jill Wegner, Zhao Yang
  • 2016-17 Isaiah Knott, Selena Scheller, Helue Vazquez Valverde
  • 2015-16 Joseph Hunt, Isaiah Knott, Joseph Westenberg
  • 2014-15 Mitchell Fischer, Stephen Kahlow, Beth Nettescheim
  • 2013-14 Oyunsuren Enkhbat, Lindsey Gohr, Lydia Harrer
  • 2012-13 Emily Anderson, Courtney Brown, Stephen Fisher

Donor Background: The Harry Kaiser Scholarship was first introduced in 2017.  Created to encourage students economics students to participate in economic-related activities outside the classroom.

Application Requirements: Students selected to receive this scholarship have a major in economics and are enrolled in the cultural immersion course, Economics 390/Latin American Studies 390. This award will go towards funding the student to study abroad in Argentina.

Past Recipients:

  • 2017-18 Munirah Mazlan

Donor Background: Established by Kay (wife of former Economics faculty member Jerry) Johnson.

Application Requirements: Excelling academically and active student research assistant 

Previous Recipients:

  • 2020-21 Sara Patoka

Donor Background: A memorial fund created to honor Josef Gapko, an enthusiastic economics major who died at age 22 from Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Josef was an outstanding senior in economics, an accomplished vocal performer with a passion for singing, and an inspiration to those who knew him. His philosophy was 'to do the best one can in any endeavor and be ready to help others reach their potential when opportunities arise. We all have strengths and weaknesses: life is about sharing them for the benefit of all.' His family desires to help another young economics student with a passion for learning and helping others.

Application Requirements: This scholarship is available to a junior or senior pursuing a major or minor in economics with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. The successful applicant will demonstrate an understanding of the value of a liberal education and be an inspiration to others.

Previous Recipients:

  • 2021-22 Kayla Irlbeck
  • 2020-21 Charlotte Cheng
  • 2019-20 Emerson Ngu
  • 2018-19 Jacob Mussell
  • 2017-18 Nicholas Meyer
  • 2016-17 Timothy Frederick
  • 2015-16 Joseph Hunt
  • 2014-15 Jonathon Plumper
  • 2013-14 Brandon Magliocco
  • 2012-13 Courtney Brown

Donor Background: This scholarship was created in 1998 by professor emeritus of economics Duane Oyen, in memory of his wife, Lynne.

Application Requirements: Available to economics majors or minors who have completed nine credits of economics courses and have junior or senior status. Full-time student standing of 12+ credits and overall and major GPA of 3.0 are requirements.

Previous Recipients: 

  • 2021-22 Andrew Weiss, Madelyn Zenner
  • 2020-21 Maria Kummer, Nathan Schmitz
  • 2019-20 Hannah Johnston, Madeleine Mayer
  • 2018-19 Elise Chapin, Sisi Zhou
  • 2017-18 Cora Cornett, Elizabeth LeMay
  • 2016-17 Molly Burrow, Joseph Westenberg
  • 2015-16 Isaiah Knott, Joseph Westenberg
  • 2014-15 Sara Fisher, Jacob Raleigh
  • 2013-14 Emily K. Anderson, Ashley K. Pope
  • 2012-13 Stephen J. Fisher, Mai Neng Vang

The family of Mike Reinke, a 1972 UWEC economics graduate, has donated $65,000 for a scholarship, which will provide an annual award of $2,000-$2,500 to an economics major. Mike died in a bicycle accident in the summer of 2004. The contributions are from Mike’s family and colleagues; particularly those Mike worked with in the International Dairy Foods Association. Mike was an Associate Director of Dairy Procurement at Kraft Foods. The first award was in the spring of 2005 with the funds available for the 2005-2006 academic year. The 2017-2018 Application Form for all Department of Economics Scholarships is now online. 

Previous Recipients:

  • 2021-22 Jeremiah Rumsey
  • 2019-20 Sara Patoka
  • 2018-19 Sydney Simon
  • 2017-18 Paul Willfahrt
  • 2016-17 Jill Wegner
  • 2015-16 Dominique Wilson
  • 2014-15 Shawn Peterson
  • 2013-14 Sara Fisher
  • 2012-13 Samuel Levitus

Donor background: This scholarship was established by Thomas Lake, a 1995 UW-Eau Claire economics graduate living in Minnetonka, MN with a long history of generosity in support of his alma mater. Tom, an avid jazz lover, has worked in the financial services industry his entire career. His educational experiences at UW-Eau Claire, especially his connection to faculty mentors such as Dr. Duane Oyen, motivated him to fund this scholarship.

Application requirements: This scholarship will be awarded to a student majoring in economics who is engaged in or preparing to participate in a collaborative research project with a faculty mentor. The recipient must be participating in the research project during the year the scholarship is received.

Previous Recipients:

  • 2020-21 Eric Winkler
  • 2019-20 Foong Wong
  • 2018-19 Levi Soborowicz
UW-Eau Claire geology student Sarah Kintner during her summer 2015 internship with Barr Engineering in Minneapolis.

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